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      Update on Laos Trade Mark Law

      Published on 06 Jul 2020 | 1 min read

      Laos is one of the smallest IP markets in Southeast Asia. The Amended Law on Intellectual Property No. 38/NA was published in May 2018 but many parts did not take effect immediately or needed more guidance. 

      In early 2020 Decision No. 2822/MOST took effect to clarify many of the Trademark provisions of the Amended law. Areas covered include:

      - Services marks are now allowed
      - The detail for how to register 3D marks are set out
      - There are more detailed rules on filing through local agents under Powers of Attorney
      -  Renewal deadlines are shortened. 
      - Assignments and licenses must be recorded at the Department of Intellectual Property
      - Examination and opposition periods and the registration timeframes are set out
      - Cancellation procedures are described
      - Appeal procedures are described

      In 2018 the number of trademark filed exceeded 5,000 for the first time. Local applicants numbered 249. Applicants can expect filings can become easier. 

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